Upcoming Programs

Listing of programs for Spring 2018 (pdf)

  • Members Registration Opens May 1
  • Nonmembers Registration Opens May 8
Join today to take advantage of members early registration and program discounts (most are free to members)

    • 04/27/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers, ages 18 and up

    You deserve a relaxing evening at Flag Ponds Nature Park after hours. The naturalist will have a fire going and will have a few pairs of waders on hand if you would like to use the seine net, or you can simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you wish. We will provide the s'mores.

    Only registered volunteers will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Everyone who registers will be entered into door prize drawings held throughout the event. Need not be present to win (but you must be a current volunteer!)

    For Current Calvert Stewards Volunteers and Their Immediate Family (All attendees must be at least age 18)

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are not volunteers. No children, please.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 25


    • 04/28/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 26. 

    Program Fee: Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 04/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register

    For people who want to find out more about volunteering through our Calvert Stewards projects, discover what it means to be a Calvert Steward, and learn about the projects that are happening throughout the year.

    We encourage everyone who might be interested in our projects to attend. New and returning volunteers will gain insight into the recent volunteer activities. Current volunteers can share their experiences and make recommendations for the future.

    After a short indoor presentation and Q&A, we'll work on a service project.

    Some activities are suitable for families. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You can complete the volunteer application before, during or after to orientation.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We plan to hold these Orientations monthly at the different nature parks. 

    If you cannot attend this orientation, send in your volunteer application and we'll contact you about other times to learn about the program.


    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 04/28/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 26.


    Program Fee: Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 04/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families. In this semi-structured event children and their grown-ups can explore our nature play space, play games, meet a live animal or two, and/or create some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Activities set up from from 10am-12pm - you may stay for part or all of that time.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 25

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/30/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register
    For adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.     

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by April 28

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/02/2018
    • 5:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    **This trip is offered to Calvert Stewards who have volunteered with the MAPS program. Thanks for everything you do!


    We will travel to the Chester River Field Research Station to view their migration banding program.  We will observe banding from 7-11am then we can stop for lunch on the way back.

    Our rain date for this program is Wednesday, May 9

    Location: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp. We will then travel to the eastern shore in the county van.

    Reservations are required by Monday, April 30.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Program is free.


     

    • 05/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. Old tennis shoes are best as they will stay on your feet.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, May  1

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 05/04/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - AM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    This spring's series continues the “Outdoor Skills” theme, with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will focus on animal tracking and other ways to discover who we are sharing the woods (or beach, or campsite) with.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by May 2 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    • 05/04/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Registration is closed
    Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - PM session

    Ages 4-12

    This spring's series continues the “Outdoor Skills” theme, with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will focus on animal tracking and other ways to discover who we are sharing the woods (or beach, or campsite) with.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by May 2 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    • 05/05/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

    Ages 6-9

    Parent Attendance is Required

    Come on out as we use our sense of adventure to hunt for the mysterious bigfoot! Wear clothes you can get dirty; we will be outside during this program.

    Location:  Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, May 3rd

     

    • 05/06/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
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    For Calvert Steward volunteers

    The Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day is an opportunity to show visitors the interesting historic features and natural wonders of the park.

    We need volunteers for:

    • Prep work the week before (making signs, preparing activities, checking trails)
    • Set up & clean up on May 6
    • Parking 
    • Information booth
    • Family activities (assisting the naturalists)
    • Nature hikes (assisting the naturalists)
    Scouts and other community groups are welcome to volunteer. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Registration is recommended.


    • 05/06/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Register

    For Everyone!

    Join our naturalists as we explore one of the newer properties in the Nature Park system. The afternoon will feature history walks, nature talks and more. The Calvert County K9 Search and Rescue will hold a demonstration; they have been using Biscoe Gray over the past year to train their dogs. A schedule of events will be posted as details develop.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    FREE. Registration is not required.


    • 05/07/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

    In this class teens will practice looking for tracks the other and signs left behind by our animal neighbors. We will cover the basics of print, pattern, and placement and the head to the beach to see what stories the tracks there can tell us.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    • Free for Society members
    • $8 per person for nonmembers

    Register by May 2

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 05/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    For Volunteers, Ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist into the swamp as she checks nest boxes.  Interested volunteers can sign up to monitor them on their own after this training.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 13, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 8

    Program Fee:  Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 05/11/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    18 months - 5 years, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist plant seeds and seedlings to attract caterpillars and butterflies to the gardens around the nature center.  Bring gloves and kid-friendly digging tools (optional). 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 9. 

    Program Fee:  Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 05/11/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    For Teens or Adults, Ages 15 and up

    Help the naturalist count milkweed plants in the meadow for the 2018 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered throughout the summer and fall to help improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 9. 

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/11/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
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    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 9.

    • 05/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Register

    Ages: 8-12 years old, with adult

    Learn about our local frogs, then join us for a pond adventure to visit the frogs where they live.

    Children should be in shoes and clothes that can get a little wet or dirty

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Registration due: Wednesday, May 9

    strong>Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 05/12/2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    Register
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by an adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 05/14/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals. As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them. Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too and can help train new volunteers. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 12

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/14/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our barn owl will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.     

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too. They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 12

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and does a little trail trimming.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project.    Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.    

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Sunday, May 13

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 05/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    Register

    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done. Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 16

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

     

    • 05/19/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Register

    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done. Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 16

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

     

    • 05/21/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.     

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too. They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/22/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Get in touch with our creative side as we do some nature crafts

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, May 20

     

    • 05/22/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Get in touch with our creative side as we do some nature crafts

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, May 20

     

    • 05/22/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 

    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project.  Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 22.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 05/23/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    For adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.     

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by May 21

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 05/26/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register

    For people who want to find out more about volunteering through our Calvert Stewards projects, discover what it means to be a Calvert Steward, and learn about the projects that are happening throughout the year.

    We encourage everyone who might be interested in our projects to attend. New and returning volunteers will gain insight into the recent volunteer activities. Current volunteers can share their experiences and make recommendations for the future.

    After the indoor presentation and Q&A, we'll work on a service project.

    Some activities are suitable for families. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You can complete the volunteer application before, during or after to orientation.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We plan to hold these Orientations monthly at the different nature parks. 

    If you cannot attend this orientation, send in your volunteer application and we'll contact you about other times to learn about the program.


    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


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